SOUTH AUSTRALIA – Abortion law ready for reform

The Hon. Tammy Franks (Green Party): “I rise today to speak about a woman’s right to choose, to say let’s have a conversation about abortion law reform. “I introduce this bill because our current abortion law, which was written in 1969 and was once progressive and leading the nation, is no longer fit for purpose. It acts as a barrier to the provision of best health care, … [especially] for women living in rural and … Continued

AUSTRALIA – Hidden Forces: Shining a Light on Reproductive Coercion

To coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and to kick off 16 Days of Action to end violence against women, Marie Stopes Australia launched this report. Reproductive coercion is behaviour that interferes with the autonomy of a person to make decisions about their reproductive health. It includes any behaviour that has the intention of controlling or constraining another person’s reproductive health decision-making. Examples include: Sabotage of another person’s contraception Pressuring … Continued

NEW ZEALAND – Hundreds march for decriminalisation of abortion

Hundreds marched in Auckland to Parliament on 5 December 2018 to demand the decriminalisation of abortion. Despite a blustering squall, the crowd of about 300 rallied below the statue of former Prime Minister Richard Seddon on Parliament’s forecourt. They chanted “feminists unite, abortion is a right” and “We will not lose, give us the right to choose”. Placards had slogans such as “The choice is mine, it’s not a crime” and “A fetus is a fetus but a … Continued

SOUTH AUSTRALIA- New abortion bill tabled in South Australia: no qualifications, no upper time limits, no abortion-specific regulations at all

The South Australia Abortion Action Coalition (SAAAC), formed in 2016 to campaign for a change in the law, was at the State Parliament on 5 December to hear Tammy Franks of the Greens introduce a bill to decriminalise abortion along with other campaigners for law reform, whose ages spanned from their 20s to their 80s. Anne Levy, one of the MPs who was a member of parliament when South Australia last reformed its law in … Continued

NEW ZEALAND – The Law Commission reports back to the government: ALRANZ’s analysis

During the national elections in NZ that elected Jacinda Ardern as Prime Minister last year, she declared her intention to decriminalise abortion and change the law to treat abortion as a health matter. In February 2018, her Minister of Justice, Andrew Little, directed the Law Commission to report back to him in eight months with options for abortion law reform. The Law Commission’s 236-page report, Alternative Approaches to Abortion Law has now been published. It … Continued

ACT AUSTRALIA – Australian Capital Territory allows GPs to prescribe medical abortion pills

Women will have more choice for abortion services in the ACT under the Health (Improving Abortion Access) Amendment Bill 2018, which was passed on 19 September in the ACT Legislative Assembly. The legislation, introduced by ACT Greens, allows medical abortion pills to be accessed through a local GP or a telemedicine provider, bringing the nation’s capital in line with other jurisdictions. Women are no longer required to attend an approved facility such as the Canberra … Continued

QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA: HOORAY!!! – Abortion legal on request to 22 weeks passed by Queensland parliament

        On 17 October 2018, at 7.42pm, after a 50-year struggle by women’s groups, the Queensland Parliament voted 50 to 41, via a conscience vote, to remove abortion from the 119-year-old criminal code. During an often passionate and emotional debate over two days, 69 out of 93 members spoke. The new law makes abortion legal on request up to 22 weeks of pregnancy, and thereafter with the approval of two doctors. It also … Continued

NEW ZEALAND – ALRANZ complaint to the Human Rights Commission: current abortion laws are discriminatory

Six women who have sought abortion care and the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (ALRANZ) have taken a complaint to the Human Rights Commission alleging abortion laws discriminate against women and those who are pregnant on the basis of sex. The complaint alleges that people who seek abortion care receive different and demonstrably worse treatment than other people seeking health care, according to ALRANZ president Terry Bellamak, and because no one else needs the … Continued

28 September Reports and Articles in the Media

International Safe Abortion Day 2018 received unprecedented attention from media around the world, from countries as diverse as New Zealand, Venezuela, Ghana, Zimbabwe and Croatia. Some countries, like Ireland, India and South Africa generated more media attention than others – and it’s important to flag that since we collected reports in English, but are missing reports in other languages. This is the second year that we have collected media reports on and about the 28 … Continued

AUSTRALIA NSW – Knowledge of current abortion law and views on abortion law reform: a community survey of NSW residents

by AL Barratt, K McGeechan, KI Black, J Hamblin, C de Costa   Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 10 September 2018   Of 1,015 men and women who completed an anonymous online survey, 76% were unaware that abortion remains a criminal offence in the Crimes Act 1900 (New South Wales) and 73% thought it should be decriminalised and regulated as a healthcare service. Support for decriminalisation was consistent across genders, age groups, … Continued

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